CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Feb 21):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 11,17,07,442; Total Deaths: 24,73,463 Recovered: 8,68,78,799 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 7,52,379; Total Deaths: 21,887 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 1,01,39,148; Total deaths: 2,46,006 CANADA:- Total Cases: 8,43,301; Total Deaths: 21,630 CHINA:- Total Cases: 89,831 ; Total Deaths: 4,636 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 35,83,135; Total Deaths: 84,147 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 23,88,417 Total Deaths: 68,343 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,09,91,651; Total Deaths: 1,56,339 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 12,78,653; Total Deaths: 34,489 IRAN:- Total Cases: 15,66,081; Total Deaths: 59,409 ITALY:- Total Cases: 27,95,796; Total Deaths: 95,486 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 4,23,311; Total Deaths: 7,333 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 20,38,276; Total Deaths: 1,79,797 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 10,51,965; Total Deaths: 15,200 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 5,61,169; Total Deaths: 12,088 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 41,64,726; Total Deaths: 83,293 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 86,992; Total Deaths: 1,557 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 31,33,122; Total Deaths: 67,101 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 6,31,166 Total Deaths: 12,649 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 5,47,775; Total Deaths: 9,886 UAE:- Total Cases: 3,68,175; Total Deaths: 1,108 UK:- Total Cases: 41,05,675; Total Deaths: 1,20,365; US:- Total Cases: 2,87,06,473; Total Deaths: 5,09,875 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
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Golfer Tiger Woods, badly injured in a car crash in Los Angeles, has undergone extensive surgery on his right lower leg, ankle and foot. There were comminuted open fractures of tibia and fibula. He is currently undergoing alignment procedures under tension (weight bearing) after all the fragments have been repositioned with rods, screws and pins at the trauma centre at Harbor UCLA Medical Center under the overall guidance of Dr Anish Mahajan.
Restrictions on gatherings and inter-State travel are being proposed as effective steps to check the sudden second wave of the covid epidemic. Karnataka has already enforced curbs on travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala, insisting on those coming in must have a negative test result. Night curfew being clamped in some States is a political stunt and not a preventive step in itself.
In a letter to Mamata and Uddhav, the Sikh outfit cited exploitation of their resources by the Centre since 1947. The SFJ told them they have to become independent to safeguard the identity, language and culture of the Bengali and Marathi peoples. The outrageous proposal follows its failed attempts to hijack the farmers' agitation.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was arrested in the US on drug charges and for running her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's drug trafficking cartel while he is in jail.
Chinna Reddy of the Congress and BJP's candidate N Ramchander Rao, the sitting MLC, are popular leaders while debutant Vani does not have any political base of her own. However, KCR seeks to make up for that by whipping up Telangana sentiments.
Prince Philip of Britain, 99, is in King Edward VII's hospital in London. On Saturday his son Prince Charles visited him. He was in tears. Charles was the only member of the royal family who paid a visit.
The Congress lost majority support in a House of 33 members, including three BJP nominees, as five party MLAs and one DMK member had resigned. The CM left the House alongwith his supporters before taking the trust vote.
A sudden spike in covid cases is occurring in Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and some other States. 4,618 Mumbai train passengers have been fined for violation of covid restrictions.
Rapper Kanye West has been suffering from mental issues; some gossip sources say it has been bipolar, but he showed it up last year joining the presidential race and weeping before the audience, shouting out silly things for no rhyme or reason!
The sculpture was discovered by a Jain priest, who has so far found over 20 such Jain idols in the region of Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu. Once Jainism had flourished in Tamil Nadu.
The airport director and the Civil Aviation Ministry had requested the Government to lift the restriction on domestic flights. The ban on international flights will continue.
Over 250 people have been killed in France in terrorist attacks in 10 years. Paty was one of them. A teacher, he was killed for displaying a controversial cartoon of Prophet to some students.

The Mars rover, a six-wheeled, SUV-sized robotic vehicle, sailed through space for seven months to land on a prime spot for geo-biological study of the red planet for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life. It takes radio waves 11 minutes to reach Earth. (Listen to:- DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?:)

While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

A pair of socks gifted to her by her niece displayed on her legs has done the job for Gumball Poodle. The demand for 'Future is Female' is skyrocketing indeed. What more could one ask for?
At that momentous event, "I will be thinking about my mother (the late Shyamala Gopalan), who is looking down from heaven," Harris said. The scaled back presidential inauguration this time will have no precedent with a devastating coronavirus locking down everything and a heightened security bandobast with reports of armed Trump protesters likely to re-enact the Capitol episode posing the gravest threat to Biden, the President-elect, and others.

"We were taught to see a world beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people." - Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect, United States of America. She is releasing a series of her reminiscences of her early period, of people and events that had deep influence on the course of her life and thoughts, in the coming days leading up to her inauguration as the Vice-President of America, the first woman ever to occupy a position that high in the greatest democracy yet.

OPINION: Byju’s to take over Aakash? If and when the deal comes through, it would be one of the biggest edtech acquisitions in the world.

These are signs of the dawn of a new era facilitated by science and technology, busting the Indian ubiquitous rackets one by one like the massive politician-British clerk-NCERT-printer-newsprint-fake author racket, which led to a mushroom growth of tuition centres like Aakash, which, of course, has done a yeaoman service to the hapless victims of our Macaulay schools.

COMMENT: There is widespread criticism that the postponed CBSE examination schedule will affect the students seeking admissions abroad and it should be preponed. Such a question could never be raised in any country, other than India! The CBSE examination, let us be clear, is not conducted for foreign admissions. Secondly, which university is going to start admissions during the current global pandemic.
COMMENT: The nursing staff union at the AIIMS is on indefinite strike, not because some injustice has been done to any of them. They are dictating how the AIIMS should make appointments. Rather, they have decided that the AIIMS should not make contractual appointments. It reminds one of the union days of 1970s when, whether private or Government, an employee could not even be shifted from one section to another without triggering a strike. There used to be thousands of workers' unions on the roads in Delhi those days every day, striking work and blocking traffic. Nobody could do anything about it. All these were due to the self-seeking leaders who were building up their parties and canvassing their vote banks; and they were the real exploiters. Our type of democracy allowed it. And who were the losers in that game? The working class, getting a pension of Rs 500 per month today! They would have been, instead, flourishing today with prosperity and self-respect, without any 'ism'. In a genuine democratic set-up this type of decadent unionism will not rear its head. Because those opportunities will be absent. India does not have such a 'functional democracy,' a democracy that will work for everyone. It is not in our Constitution!
The first woman Vice-President has become an inspiration for girls of colour, and for all girls. Kamala Harris is becoming an icon. Her passionate speech had a great, lasting impact on the listeners, when she said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
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Another Indian woman worker dies of alleged torture in Saudi
Yet another helpless Indian woman having had to go to Saudi Arabia in search of work as maid servant has reportedly died of physical and mental torture by her employer, it has been alleged. However, the Indian Foreign Ministry has said after an inquiry that she died of natural causes.
Lionsgate and Fox coming to Dubai: Go down with the Titanic in theme park!
Unlimited excitement will be on offer in Dubai as Lionsgate Entertainment and The 20th Century Fox are building theme parks to provide the audience an illusion of experiences of timeless horror of the Titanic disaster and the death and rebellion of the dystopia.
Flashfloods claim 80 lives, dozens missing in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua
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The cluster infection took place well within the hostel as the students had just come and all of them could possibly not have brought the virus from home simultaneously. And this speed...
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